Clavicle Fractures

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Clavicle Fractures

Clavicle Fractures

Case Review #3

The ClavicleA long, curved bone that sits nearly horizontalForms the anterior portion of the shoulder girdleBony connection between the upper limb and thoraxLateral motion of the arms

Functions of the ClavicleRigid support for scapula and armProtection for NV bundle and lung apexMotion and stabilityTransmission of physical impactsMuscle attachments

Clavicle FracturesMost common acute shoulder injuryMost common fracture in children and young adultsEasily fractured

Classification Systems: Allman and Neer

Allman Classification

Neer Classification

Group 2 Type 1 Intact ligamentsGroup 2 Type 2Conoid and Trapezoid ligaments are intactProximal segment is displacedGroup 2 Type 2BConoid ligament is rupturedTrapezoid ligament remains intactProximal segment is displaced

How do clavicle fractures happen?Direct fall onto shoulderContact sportsFOOSH in a small % of casesMVAChild birth

When the clavicle fractures.....

Elevation of the medial fragmentDrooping of the arm

Unable to sustain the weight of the arm

The Patient.....An 8 yr old maleFell into a ditch

May 1, 2013Mild displacement of the distal 1/3 right clavicle fracture

June 13, 2013Follow up visit to the Ortho ClinicHealing fracture of the lateral 1/3 with mild deformity & displacement

PACS Image 478 0856.001K

Patient Care Concerns....Patient may be on a stretcher.....Pain, bleeding, swelling, bruising, tenting.....Immobilized.....Scared.....Vital Signs.....ABCs

Treatment Plans and Follow up.......

Diagnostic Imaging......

Views of the Clavicle:APAP Axial (15-30 degree cephalic)

If Pneumothorax or Hemothorax is suspected......

Non-operative Treatments.....Immobilization (sling, figure 8 bracing).....

Non-operative Treatments contd....Physiotherapy

Pendulum ExercisesBall Grip One should avoid:Arm raisingLifting more than 5 lbs

Use ice to reduce pain, swelling and inflammationGood body mechanicsimmobilization

Non-operative Treatments cont....Follow up visits with doctor/orthopedic surgeonSubsequent imaging to check for healing progressPain management

Surgery may be warranted if......Comminuted fractures Clavicle foreshorteningOpen fractureNeurovascular involvementNon-union of boneInterference with normal functioning

Operative Techniques

Plate FixationIntramedullary Fixation

Some interesting facts.......

Did you know.....The clavicle is reliable in determining gender differences........

In the male:Longer and thickerAcromial end is slightly higher than the sternal end

In the female:Thinner an shorterSmoother and lighterAcromial end is slightly below level of sternal end

The clavicle can also be useful for.....Bone Age Assessment

Distal Clavicular OsteolysisOveruse injuryConsistent with stress fracturesCommon with weightliftersTrauma can precipitate developmentJoint space enlargement

Thoracic Outlet SyndromeCommon causes:TraumaCallus formationRepetitive injuryInjury from years agoAnatomical defects

Blood vessels and nerves become compressed causing pain and numbness

Medial clavicle fractures can be very dangerous....A 19 yr old male on a motorbike involved in a head on collision

Chest x-ray revealed a massive left Pneumo-hemothorax and mediastinal shift

Neurovascular damage

Fracture of the medial 1/3 clavicle with significant displacement


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